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Prepare Your Child for The VUCA World – Curiosity is an Essential trait for Generation Alpha Children

In my earlier column on August 22, Are You Right-Parenting Your Gen-Alpha Child?, I ended with a question – Are you preparing your Gen Alpha child for the VUCA world? I also shared about the three skills – Curiosity, Critical Thinking, and Compassion. Here goes the part 2. Here’s why Curiosity, Critical Thinking, and Compassion are important –

Curiosity

Curiosity is a vital trait for the 21st Century Child

Curiosity is a vital trait required for the new generation of children. It helps them to understand their surroundings and make sense of the world. Curious child learns more about themselves and others.

Curiosity in children helps them ask questions. And that triggers the wanting to learn more about the things around them. From how plants grow to what happens when you put an orange peel in a lime juice concentrate – curiosity has no bounds.

Only by exploring and feeding into that inquisitiveness will they learn new information and gain a sense of accomplishment. And they will learn to solve their own problems and, over time, even learn to solve problems for others (and the world, maybe).

Curiosity is a critical skill for Gen Alpha child

Curiosity is helping far more than imagination. Studies have shown that it helps children understand concepts like time, space, and numbers. Curious children find it easier to learn, read and write.

It drives them to explore the world around them, which leads to developing skills such as problem-solving, creativity, and critical thinking.

Curiosity is vital for a good and successful life.

How can you build curiosity in your child?

Curiosity is a natural human trait that every person is born with. It is a given that not all children will continue to develop their curiosity as they grow up. They ask questions and seek answers from adults around them. The ability to ask questions is an essential skill that helps children understand and gain more knowledge about the world around them.

We, as parents and teachers, and adults, may be responsible for them. When we stop them from experimenting when we brush off their questions (for which we do not know the answer or when we scorn them for asking embarrassing questions – we are quelling their curiosity. Over time, they stop asking, experimenting and exploring. That spells a death knell to what they were born with naturally.

If you want your child to develop a healthy curiosity, they need opportunities to be curious without fear of judgment or punishment.

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